NEWS FROM C.E.F.S.
CINDY MAYER SELECTED AS A 2018 TOP COMMUNITY LEADER
C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity Outreach Program Director Cindy Mayer has been recognized as a 2018 Top Community Leader under 40 by the Effingham Daily News. Cindy began her career with C.E.F.S. in 2015 as the Effingham County Coordinator and was promoted to Outreach Program Director in 2017. Cindy supervises and oversees outreach offices and activities in the C.E.F.S. service area. Congratulations Cindy!
KEVIN BUSHUR WINS STATE LEADERSHIP AWARD
C.E.F.S. Chief Executive Officer Kevin Bushur has been awarded this year's Individual Leadership Award presented by the Illinois Workforce Partnership. Kevin began his career with C.E.F.S. in 2007 as the WIA Director. During his tenure as WIA Director, the program expanded from a $1.6 million budget serving 372 clients to an $8.3 million budget serving 3,206 clients. Kevin was promoted to Chief Operations Officer in 2011 and to Chief Executive Officer in 2017. Prior to his C.E.F.S. career, Kevin worked in the mental health field, serving chronically mentally ill patients for 14 years. Currently Kevin serves as Chairperson of the South-Central Illinois Continuum of Care Board of Directors, is a board member for the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies, is a board member for Illinois Ventures for Community Action, and is a board member of LWA23 as well as Chairperson of the LWA23 Consortium Committee. Kevin and his wife are licensed foster care parents and have fostered more than ten children, adopting three of them. Congratulations Kevin on this well-deserved award!
C.E.F.S. ANNOUNCES THE 2018 FAMILY OF DISTINCTION
The Tawdros Family
C.E.F.S. Economic Opportunity has announced the 2018 Family of Distinction award has been given to the Hany Tawdros family. The Tawdros family left Cairo, Egypt to escape the violence of ISIS and offer the hope of the American dream to their two young daughters. Both parents were educated professionals in their homeland but left everything behind. They utilized the C.E.F.S. Literacy Program to learn English vocabulary and culture. C.E.F.S. was also able to help the family with information about child care, employment opportunities, education, and housing, as well as provide services through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and CSBG Summer Youth Scholarships. With the help of the Literacy Program, Hany has developed enough English language skills to gain certification in his area of study and graduate from Lake Land College and is now employed full-time. His wife, Nermine, is a full-time student at Lake Land College and employed part-time at the local hospital. Their daughters are active in soccer, visual arts, cheerleading, swimming, and gymnastics. As a result of their hard work and dedication, the Tawdros family has attained self-sufficiency, have purchased a home, and no longer need assistance from C.E.F.S. They do, however, still visit the C.E.F.S. Literacy Learning Center to continue to improve their English language skills.
Few Americans can understand the fear and strength it takes to leave your family, your home, your career, your country, and your lifestyle in the hopes of a safer and better future. But that is exactly what the Tawdros family did.
Congratulations Tawdros family!